Iran Prepares Show Trial and Execution of 13 Ahwazi Teachers and Rights Activists
Informed sources told European Ahwazi Human Rights Organisation (EAHRO) that Iran has scheduled show trials and execution of the following Ahwazis rights activists.
These highly educated and talented young Ahwazi human and social rights actvists were arrested on 28 February 2011 in Khalafia (Khalfabad) by security services.
All men were involved in promoting Ahwazi cultural and social rights by organising Arabic poetry and cultural events as well as free extra class for poor families. The following information was published by Ahwazi Arabs Solidarity Network as well as various independent sources:
1. Habibollah Rashedi (42), married, father of three. Arrested on February 28, 2011. He has a BSc in chemical engineering and used to work at the Bandar Imam Khomeini Petrochemical Company. He was elected chair of Khalafabad City Council during the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. He is popular among the poor and youth in the town due to his management of the town as well as promoting Arabic poetry events and other cultural gatherings and activities. The Rashedi family is one of the earliest families in Khalafabad.
2. Hadi Rashedi (37), single. Arrested on February 28, 2011 with his brother Habibullah Rashidi (see above). A highly qualified post-graduate with an MSc in chemistry, he works in local high schools as a teacher. Like his brother, he has a keen interest in cultural issues and is an advocate for the poor. He suffers from heart disease and as such is exempt from military service. During his imprisonment, he has suffered considerable mental stress, developing a digestive disorder as a result. As a result of beatings, he has a fractured hip. He appeared in a documentary aired by Iran’s Press TV (see http://www.presstv.ir/Program/215617.html) in which he was forced to confess to firing a gun at a buildings housing security and government officials in Khalafabad. He was described as a member of the ‘Khalq-e Arab’, although no single organisation has adopted this name.
3. Rahman Asakereh (33), married and father of five children. He has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Khorramabad University and an MA in Social Sciences from Ahwaz University. He was in the process of editing his Master’s thesis, which was focused on the difficulties faced by bilingual students in the Iranian education system. He worked as a chemistry teacher in local high schools and conducted free courses for university entrance exams for Arab youth. He was active at a regional level in cultural and civic activities and was a student activist at the universities he attended. Rahman Asakereh’s 14 year-old son Hamed Asakereh died on September 13, 2011 after he was hit by a police car in suspicious circumstances while his father was in prison. It is suspected that Hamed was murdered to cause distress to Rahman.
4. Mohammad Ali Amoori (33), fisheries engineer originally from Ahwaz City who relocated to Khalafabad. He graduated from Isfahan University with a degree in aquaculture and natural resources. He was one of the founding editors of the student newspaper Torath and was also an active blogger. He taught in some of the high schools in Khalafabad. He was originally inspired into political activism by the presidency of Mohammad Khatami. He had proposed a plan to form a civic institution called Al-Hewar (Dialogue), but permission was denied by the Ministry of the Interior. He was later involved in the Lejnat al-Wefaq (Reconciliation Committee), an Arab political association that was allowed to contest elections and won a number of seats in municipal councils, including a majority on Ahwaz City Council, as well as the Ahwaz seat in the Iranian Majlis. However, the organisation was banned by the government and he was forced to flee to Iraq with Shahid Shaabani Amouri and Fares Silawi where he was arrested and detained for five years. After he was repatriated to Iran, he was arrested by the authorities.
5. Shahid Shaabani Amouri (42), originally from Ahwaz City and a resident of Khalafabad. He is a married father of three. In addition to being a well-known poet in Ahwaz, he is a civil and cultural activist and was active in Arabic poetry events. Despite being a famous poet, he has suffered poverty, homelessness and unemployment and denied employment or assistance from the government. His poetry stressed Ahwazi Arab identity and the persecution of the ethnic group, which meant he was under constant surveillance. He was active in mobilising young people in support of Mohammad Khatami’s presidency. In 2006, he fled Iran, accompanying Mohammed Ali Amouri and Fares Silawi to Iraq. He was arrested in Iraq and sentenced to five years imprisonment in Al-Amarah for illegal entry. He was arrested after his deportation to Iran.
6. Ali Badri (30), married with one child. Originally from Ahwaz City and a resident of Khalafabad. He has a BA in Accounting from Ahwaz University and has worked in Ahwaz’s office of charity and endowments. He is a political, civil and human rights activists and a blogger. Raised in an educated, respected family, Ali is described as an intellectual, well-mannered person. He was arrested on April 11, 2011, released on bail and has been dismissed from his job. Ali Badri has been involved in a wide range of activities in different political and election campaigns and holds Arabic cultural events in Khalafabad.
7. Hashem Shaabani (Amoori) (31), originally from Ahwaz City and a resident of Khalafabad. He is married with one child. He has a Bachelor degree in Arabic language literature and education and holds a Masters degree in Political Sciences from Ahwaz University. He has written poetry in Arabic and Farsi and teaches Arabic language and Arabic literature in high schools. He is a cultural, civil and student activist and also a blogger. He takes care of his elderly parents. His father Khalaf Shaabani was disabled while fighting Iraqi forces during the Iran-Iraq War. Due to their son being arrested, his parents are suffering both physically and mentally. In December 2011, he was featured on Iran’s international television station Press TV (see http://www.presstv.ir/Program/215617.html) in which he was forced to confess to being involved in separatist terrorism and supporting Ba’athism in Iraq. He was also made to claim that he had assistance from Hosni Mubarak and Muammer al-Qadafi, the former rulers of Egypt and Libya. Those who know him state that he has never supported armed insurgency against the Iranian state, let alone have contact with foreign governments.
8. Amir Amoori (29, single with a university diploma and brother of Mohammad Ali Amoori)
9. Aghil Aghili, computer technician and internet cafe owner
10. Saeed Asadi
11. Sayed Mokhtar Alboushoukeh
12. Sayed Jaber Alboushoukeh
13. Sayed Bagher Alboushoukeh